Cooks who own an electric frying pan favor its convenience and versatility. Foods like fajitas, hamburgers, eggs or pancakes can be cooked at a set temperature from anywhere in the kitchen, freeing up the stovetop for other tasks. Additionally, the food can be left on the keep-warm setting in the electric skillet for buffet-style serving. These handy appliances may be square, rectangular or circular and typically vary in size from 11 inches to 16 inches in diameter. Oblong skillets closely resemble electric griddles, which are covered in our separate report on electric grills, and are capable of cooking larger batches of food than a round stovetop skillet. The depth of the electric frying pan also affects the overall capacity and ability to deep fry.
Most electric skillets have a nonstick coating on the interior and come with a glass lid. After reading owner reviews, it's clear that some models have durability issues with the nonstick coating, particularly over the heating element. Owners say this is where the coating tends to begin bubbling and peeling off, sometimes after just one or two uses. Another issue is hot spots developing over the heating element.
In addition to size, shape, durability and even heat distribution, reviewers say to consider the following when shopping for an electric frying pan: